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US boosts aid for Rohingya.

The United States has announced a 185-million-dollar boost in aid to Rohingya refugees.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the US was "proud to be the leading donor" to displaced Rohingya, and said the bulk of the funds would go to those seeking refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh after being driven out by Myanmar's government.

But she stressed that "we need other countries to do their part as well," in a statement issued after a meeting on Myanmar on the sidelines of the recent UN General Assembly in New York.

The funding boost brings the total US humanitarian response to the crisis to 389 million dollars, the statement added.

More than 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar security operations launched in August last year. A UN fact-finding mission found the campaign of rape, torture, killings, and arson showed "genocidal intent."

A US State Department report on the Rohingya crisis released Monday described Myanmar's campaign as "extreme, large-scale, widespread, and seemingly geared toward both terrorizing the population and driving out the Rohingya residents."

About 10,000 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the security operations launched in response to attacks by Rohingya militants.

Buddhist-majority Myanmar denies Rohingya people citizenship and access to basic human rights, such as health care and education.

The government labels them "Bengali" to infer they are interlopers from Bangladesh, even though members of the ethnic minority were considered citizens until 1982.

The funding announcement came after a closed-door meeting hosted by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Haley said last week that US President Donald Trump planned to talk about foreign aid at the UN, but added that he would "lay down a marker that, while the US is generous, we are going to be generous to those who share our values and not those who try to stop the United States and say they hate America."

Also planned on the sidelines of the General Assembly is a meeting on the funding crisis facing the UN's aid agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, on Wednesday.

UNRWA is facing a 200-million-dollar budget shortfall after the US - previously the agency's largest donor - decided to pull funding.

Caption: More than 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar security operations launched in August last year.

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Date:Oct 4, 2018
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